Veterinary Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of very small, sterile needles into specific points in the body to stimulate specific nerves, muscles, connective tissue and blood vessels. This stimulation helps the animal’s body release natural endorphins and anti-inflammatory molecules, increases blood and lymphatic flow, affects the central and/or autonomic nervous system and helps stimulate the immune system. Medical studies in humans and animals have shown several medical conditions benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used to help control pain due to surgery, injury or arthritis. It has also been beneficial for many other disorders/symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, poor appetite, seizures, intervertebral disc disease, dry eye (KCS), urinary and fecal incontinence, respiratory disease, dental disease, stomatitis, kidney and heart disease, immunologic disease, anxiety and cancer/hospice care.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy uses light particles emitted from a laser to increase cellular metabolism and increase energy output from cells in the body. These changes help to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. Cold laser therapy can be useful in neurologic injuries such as intervertebral disc disease, peripheral neuropathies, tendinopathies and joint disease. Cold laser therapy can also help minimize pain including arthritis, promote early healing in post-op surgical incisions and open wounds and help with sore and tense muscles.
Our Doctors Will Determine Your Pet’s Best Treatment
Our doctors will determine your pet’s treatment based on a complete medical history, a thorough physical examination, and possible laboratory testing. They will then discuss what single or combination therapeutic modality would best help your pet. Acupuncture, cold laser therapy and medical treatments can be used individually as well as together.
Dr. Marcie Ho-Gatto has just completed her certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture at Colorado State and will be available for consultation and therapeutic treatments starting in March. Please call the clinic if you would like to discuss how acupuncture or laser therapy can help your pet live a long, healthy and happy life!